CounselorCounselors are similar to Therapists in that they use a variety of techniques to help clients achieve stronger mental health. One of the most commonly understood methods involves a one-on-one exploration of a client's inner beliefs and background (psychotherapy) or a similar exploration in a group setting (group therapy). Licensed Professional Counselors or Licensed Counselors and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor are the professionals most closely associated with the term "counselor," but other professionals such as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers perform similar services.
Certain types of counselors are also available for specific needs. For example, Addiction Counselors, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) and Substance Abuse Counselors (SAC) help individuals deal with drugs, alcohol and other addictions. Fee-based Pastoral Counselors, meanwhile, offer counseling from a religious or spiritual perspective.